New Study Says Plants on Distant Planets May Be Black

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This artist's conception shows the inner four planets of the Gliese 581 system and their host star, a red dwarf star only 20 light years away from Earth. (Lynette Cook)

According to new research, planets with multiple suns may host trees and shrubs that are black or gray instead of the more familiar green, depending on the particulars of light available for photosynthesis.

BBC's science reporter Neil Bowler explains how red dwarf stars - the most common type of star in the universe - could affect plant life on distant planets, making plants appear black or gray to human eyes.

Guests:

Neil Bowler

Produced by:

Sitara Nieves

Comments [1]

Cornelia Horne from Atlanta

Celeste is a very thorough journalist & human, which sometimes shines through more than the skeptical journalist aspect. Ridiculing space science and dismissing it is what I consider immature. If we can't accept that galaxies with life in them exist to further intellect in that direction we'll never truly understand the greatest mysteries in life. Sounds boring if you ask me. ;)

Apr. 20 2011 12:20 PM

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